Adaptive Training Model: Building the Critical and Creative Leader

  • Lieutenant Colonel John A. Best

Adaptive, critical, and creative thinking attributes in today’s environment are essential components for solving complex, ambiguous and rapidly evolving problems. However, friction between Generation X and Y hinders the military’s ability to fully inculcate a training program that embraces the core foundations for building critical and creative thinking leaders. In order to solve this problem, the Army needs to change the culture of thinking in its senior leadership; to understand the fundamentals of learning and their impacts on adaptive training, and to understand the nuances of the rising generation of leaders and consequences of the “old method” of training.